Success Tip #6 – Keep ‘It’ Clean
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” is good business.
Keep It Clean
Much has been written on the importance of image and first impressions. So much that I’d have thought there would be hardly any small business out there sporting an untidy shop front, bad phone manner, dirty car, scuffed shoes, tomato-sauce stained shirt, or a faulty link on their website. But there is!
Considering the money it takes to set up and maintain even the smallest business it doesn’t make sense not to tidy it up, prop it up, throw it out, clean it up, wipe it off, hide it, paint it, polish it, fix it, file it or flush it. And how long does it take to fix a broken link on a website?!
For More Space and Time, ‘Keep It Clean’
Mess reduces the space available for us to live or work in. It also wastes our valuable time as we rummage through the mess looking for things lost in the mess.
As a child I had an extremely neat relative who lived in a tiny and sparsely furnished house. Everything in her small house was functional and current, including food, bills and magazines. It was impossible to lose anything in her house.
When visitors would comment on her extreme neatness she would tell them it was because she hated housework with a vengeance, and she kept her house neat to avoid housework! It was always funny to hear her say that.
She would sometimes say she thought it took a lot of energy to be messy because everything takes twice as long to do or find in a messy house.
Her strange logic, “lazy people are neat and energetic people are messy,” has stuck with me for decades. And sometimes I’ll see a situation where I could swear she was right.
Regardless, I think most people agree it’s better to have more space and time available. And if you keep things neat and clean you will.
To Be In The Running For More Business, ‘Keep It Clean’
We’re judged by our appearance, whether we like it or not. In business, our ability to deliver is initially judged according to our appearance and reputation.
Are people being superficial when they judge us this way? Not really. Rapid judgements are essential skills we’ve developed to help us survive and progress as a species. We’re actually making judgements all the time, we’re just not always conscious of them. And most of our judgements are based on our physical senses, observations, personal standards and past experiences.
Because of that people will judge your ability to deliver their quality kitchen based on the state of your overflowing office trash can, or the mess on the back seat of your car from your trip to the beach last week-end.
So if you want to be in the running for more business it’s better to keep it clean!
Clean and Neat Inspires Confidence
The face of your business doesn’t need to be lavish or perfect, but it should be clean and neat.
Your business face is a tool of your trade, and rightly or wrongly it reflects as you, both personally and professionally. Basically, it’s one of the few things the market has to gauge your product or work on.
A clean and neatly presented business face inspires confidence in customers, staff, and us – the owners. What is yours saying about you?
Here’s to keeping it clean, and I wish you continued success,
Founder and CEO Australian Business Champions
Creator: TAOLife Studio
Articles: Gaye Writes